Saturday, May 17, 2008

Weekly Wrap-Up

Here it is, our record of weekly learning, at least the learning noted by me ...

Bible -- Still in Kings.

History/Literature -- Continuing our Shakespeare study, we read Bard of Avon and William Shakespeare's MacBeth together, plus listened to a summary of MacBeth on Story of the World, and the CD Shakespeare for Children, which is Jim Weiss' retelling of A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Taming of the Shrew. (CD links are in my widget.) (I wish I could track down a movie version of one of the plays that would be suitable for young eyes.) We read "Aladdin" and "Beauty and the Beast" from The Blue Fairy Book (Andrew Lang), and "The Elephant and the Six Blind Men" from Fifty Famous Stories Retold.

Writing -- Ian copied out his memory verse for the week, and did some captions for his drawings. We played a couple rounds of "Guggenheim," which is basically a simplified version of Scattergories, where you agree on three or four categories, spell out a three letter word across the top, and fill in each category with something beginning with each letter (does that make sense? Clearly, I'm not a technical writer).

Math -- We did a bunch of measurement pages in our Miquon Math book (and finished the book, hurray, had to celebrate with a new Lego), and then measured various things around the house and yard in centimeters and inches.

Science -- Better this week! We read two of the wonderful "Let's-Read-and-Find-Out" science books, one on thunderstorms (relevant; it's been quite a week here weatherwise) and one on rain. We looked up the definition of a cyclone and found Burma/Myanmar on the world map. Tim took the kids to the creek one morning during my doctor's appointment and they experimented with throwing all different things into the stream and making their own boats. And today, for the crowning touch, we went on a fieldtrip to Crowe's Nest Farm with some families in the Austin Area Homeschoolers 0-9 Activities Group. An all-around success, AND beautiful, non-muggy weather, which by this time of year is a real Act of God.

Music/Art/etc. -- Well, we didn't do much formally this week, besides drawing (Ian), scrapbooking (Eliza), taking pictures (Ian), and listening to various classical and Christian music, mostly in the background.

P.S. We made up our mind about the anniversary thing. Thanks to all who voted in the poll and in the comments ... it was tight!!! Ultimately, I had to bow to the fact that one of my poll voters was my co-participant in the trip, i.e. my actual husband. Result: We are staying at a very nice hotel (thank you, Priceline) in downtown Austin and going to see Shakespeare in the Park! (But I am TOTALLY keeping the B&B-in-the-country option in my back pocket. Because, you know, we get these opportunities on a regular basis. Hey, a girl can dream, right?)

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